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Research and academic links with NCF members

A short report is now available: download the short report 

NCF and its members have many collaborative relationships with universities and higher education institutions to support research, commission consultancy and training programmes, or offer student placements. This short survey, undertaken over the summer of 2013, was conducted to gain a better understanding of these partnerships and to try to map the amount of activity currently taking place across our membership. The response rate represents 40% of the membership and it is evident that a wide range of contacts are in place.

The short online survey asked simply: Do you currently have links with an academic institution? If so, please indicate to what it relates: research - care or health; research - other; consultancy; evaluation; student placements; training; and enabled members to give brief details.

28 responses from member organisations provided details of 78 projects. Members included a brief summary for 52 current projects, 18 recent projects and a further 8 planned projects.

Projects varied greatly across academic institutions nationwide and brief details of projects are shown in a short report available on the academic links survey page of the NCF website. 

Student placements appear to be one of the most significant relationships between NCF members, as care providers, and academic institutions, representing almost 27% of the contact, and probably the most consistent. However, commissioning research was in fact the largest overall reason for working with universities (29.5% of projects with 61% described as current work). 17.9% is the proportion linked to training. Two thirds of all the projects are current.

In addition NCF has a wide range of academic links including:

University of Buckinghamshire; City University, London; Kings College, London; IPC; JRF; RCN; University of Stirling; University of Worcester; SCIE; CfWI; Age Research Centre at the University of Coventry; PANICOA (Cardiff University; Bangor; University of East Anglia; University of Stirling; University of Nottingham; University of Kent; Kings College London; National Centre for Social Research); University of Bristol; The Open University; University College London; Staffordshire University; The Kings Fund.

The breadth of activity in this sample demonstrates the important relationships between care providers and academic institutions, with a likelihood that it represents only a part of the picture. We are considering a more in depth study and would be keen to hear from members who would like to share more about successful projects and associations with academic institutions. 

Do please get in touch if you are interested in this work.

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